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The Moonstone

The Moonstone

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4 Stars
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Published by CreateSpace

342 pages

ISBN-10:

1449536689

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ISBN-13:

9781449536688)

The classic British detective novel by Wilkie Collins.

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Rachel Verinder, a young Englishwoman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt English army officer (Colonel .. More details Rachel Verinder, a young Englishwoman, inherits a large Indian diamond on her eighteenth birthday. It is a legacy from her uncle, a corrupt English army officer (Colonel Herncastle) who served in India. The diamond is of great religious significance as well as being extremely valuable, and three Hindu priests have dedicated their lives to recovering it. The story incorporates elements of the legendary origins of the Hope Diamond (or perhaps the Orloff Diamond). Rachel's eighteenth birthday is celebrated with a large party, whose guests include her cousin Franklin Blake. She wears the Moonstone on her dress that evening for all to see, including some Indian jugglers who have called at the house. Later that night, the diamond is stolen from Rachel's bedroom,
The prime suspects are: the three Indian jugglers who have been near the house; Rosanna Spearman, a maidservant who begins to act oddly and who then drowns herself in a local quicksand; and Rachel herself, who also behaves suspiciously and is suddenly furious with Franklin Blake, with whom she has previously appeared to be enamored, when he directs attempts to find it.
Despite the efforts of Sergeant Cuff, a renowned detective, the house party ends with the mystery unsolved, and the protagonists disperse.
A period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill-luck ensues.
The shifting narrative, the complex plot, the superb mystery, the right characterization make this one great mystery read.
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